Dogs with Hay fever – how to spot & treat the symptoms

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If you suffer from Hay Fever, you are highly tuned to the seasons, whether you’re a tree-pollen sufferer, rape seed pollen sufferer or so on.

You recognise the onslaught of the pollen season by suffering from a runny nose, nasal congestion, swollen eyes, sneezing – the list goes on. But what about your dog?

You may be surprised to learn that the symptoms of pollen allergies in dogs materialises itself differently than it does in humans.

Our blog gives you the signs to look out for and some suggestions as to what can be done.

Symptoms of pollen allergy in dogs

Assuming that you are vigilant in the regular treatment of both your dog and your home against fleas (and you can therefore rule fleas out), scratching is a sign that your dog may be suffering from a pollen allergy.

  • Does your dog scratch or bite their body?
  • Have they started to lick, nibble or bite at their paws?
  • Do they rub their face on the furniture or the floor, or ask for face scratches?

If your dog has any of these symptoms, it’s likely that they suffer from a pollen allergy – essentially, doggy hay fever.

So how does hay fever affect dogs, and how can you help a dog that’s suffering?

Canine hay fever explained

Dog pollen allergies start in exactly the same way human hay fever does, when your dog is in contact with the tiny pollen granules released by plants. The difference is how our bodies respond.

Humans tend to get a runny nose, watery eyes and start sneezing – and if you suffer (or know a sufferer) you know just how miserable a bad reaction can be.

But your furry friend endures an arguably worse fate: all-over-itches.

This is because when a dog has an allergic reaction, the histamines released by the body in response to pollen are released in the skin and that can make seasonal allergies harder to spot.

When is the doggy hay fever season?

Much like in humans, dog hay fever symptoms begin in April, and can last until late summer. And, unfortunately, it’s not just inhaled pollen that can trigger hay fever in dogs.

Pollen coming into contact with your dog’s skin can also trigger the histamine response – so rolling around in a grassy pollen meadow this summer could leave your pet with a persistent itch.

Our canine friends are particularly sensitive to tree pollen – so itching and scratching can begin as soon as spring has sprung.

How to treat dog hay fever

If you think your dog may be hay fever prone, there’s a lot you can do to help. Here are our top ways to beat the seasonal itches…

5 ways to soothe itchy, scratching dogs

  1. Fight the fleas – Flea allergies can really exacerbate skin problems and should be treated immediately. As well as avoiding infestation in your home, you can help to prevent further skin problems
  2. Brush daily – As well as a good brush down every day, remember to carefully comb or cut out matted hair. Any lumps or clumps can hold dirt and debris, which is uncomfortable for your pet  and can cause bacterial dermatitis
  3. After-walkies wipe down – Wipe your dog down with a damp towel after they’ve been out in the grass – this helps to remove pollen trapped in their coat
  4. Pamper and bathe – Bathe with a shampoo designed to sooth irritated skin. But remember not  too bathe too frequently – you don’t want to dry out your dog’s skin
  5. Boost their natural defenses

One of the simplest ways to guard against the irritating symptoms of hay fever and other skin conditions is to make sure your pet’s natural skin defences are in tip-top condition with a supplement like YUMEGA Itchy Dog.

Omega oils boost the skin barrier

The Omega 6 and 3 oils contained in YUMEGA Itchy Dog aid dog’s’ skin health by increasing essential fatty acids that can be lacking in their diet.

These fatty acids help to replenish your dog’s skin barrier, and that’s good news, because a strong barrier reduces the likelihood of allergens entering their system. That, in turn, discourages itching and inflammation.

Ongoing symptoms

If your dog continues to suffer from constant irritated skin symptoms, then take them to the vet as they possibly may be suffering from a more severe allergy which requires treatment.

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